Gizaw Legesse

Communication Facilitator

Addis ababa, Ethiopia

About Me

I am Communication Facilitator for AgriProFocus Ethiopia.

Previously I worked as a Journalist at Awramba Times, a weekly Amharic newspaper, for about four years as Deputy Editor-in-Chief and a columnist.

I am also a Graphic Designer, Photographer and Webmaster. I have a vast experience in writing Articles, preparing reports as well as legal documents.

I graduated from Unity University with LLB Degree in Law.

Apart from the above, I am now developing my experience in event organizing and facilitating in AgriProFocus Ethiopia

Skills and Expertise


Interests


Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 21 June 2017 at 03:20

Land restoration in Ethiopia

A project to restore the land in Tigray, Ethiopia has created opportunities for livelihoods for young people who had been leaving in droves.

Ethiopia is suffering from severe drought, but there is water in Gergera. 20 years of restoring its hills and river valley has brought life back to this area of the Tigray region in the country’s far north.

Gergera watershed covers 1382 hectares in the kebele (Ethiopia’s smallest administrative unit) of Hayelom in Atsbi-Wonberta district in the eastern zone of Tigray.

Read the full article from The Gardian

Photograph: Cathy Watson/ICRAF

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 30 May 2017 at 06:48

RSVP to info@bluemoonethiopia.com

Janine Schoeman Hi Gizaw, will you post this as an event as well so it shows up in the calendar? Thanks

3 weeks 6 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 25 May 2017 at 08:46

New Job Opportunites - Ethiopia

Please find new job opportunities form different organizations. The date in the bracket is the deadline for application and click on the job to read more details and requirements. Good Luck!

Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA)

Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer Consultant (May 27)


One Acre Fund

Ethiopia Innovations Associate/Manager (May 31)


Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Senior Advisor, Supply Chain Management and Safety and Security (June 8)


Population Services International (PSI)

Strategic Information Director, Ethiopia (June 16)

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 25 May 2017 at 08:20

Challenges of poultry sector in Ethiopia discussed

On April 28, 2017 at Azzeman Hotel, all stakeholders of the Ethiopian poultry sector were invited to discuss on the challenges and opportunities of poultry. This happened on the Poultry Platform Meeting organized by Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG), in collaboration with Ethiopian Poultry Producers Association.

Dr Thomas, advisor to the Ministry of Livestock and Fishery, made a speech on behalf of HE Minister Dr. Fekadu, indicating the current status of the sector and government plans. He said, " a lot of work is ahead of us."

Owner of a private poultry farm, Genene Tesfaye, made detail presentation explaining current challenges of the sector from the side of agribusiness owners. He mentioned that poultry challenge in Ethiopia lies in many areas such as market, feed, vaccine, lack of training, and legal system. He also said, "Government always promises, but no solutions yet."

The discussion continued with question

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woubshet mekonnen i cant find the challenges and difficulties asked by participants and business owners.please share us.

3 days 23 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 24 May 2017 at 11:05

Ethiopia seeks to boost honey production

Industry experts say the beekeeping sector is still a long way from harvesting its full potential as it is hampered by outdated, low-yield techniques, periodic droughts and uncompetitive prices.

Read the reporting by Sarah Jones from TRT World


Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 17 May 2017 at 11:58

New Book Available for DOWNLOAD

Contract Farming in Ethiopia: Concept and Practice

Please read the foreword and download the book below, also take a look the brief presented by Wim Goris, AgriProFocus Network Facilitator, at the book launch on 19 April 2017.

FOREWORD

In agricultural development, Ethiopia and the Netherlands are strategic partners. The government of Ethiopia pursues its growth strategy by emphasizing agricultural transformation. The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) is supporting Ethiopian ambitions for food security and agricultural growth. This cooperation aims for an intensification of production and processing, which are necessary to feed the growing population and for export earnings.

AgriProFocus Ethiopia is part of an international network with Dutch roots. AgriProFocus promotes the network approach as a growth diamond of collaboration between farmer entrepreneurs, companies, governments, knowledge institutions, consultancies, financial

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may
25

Business Drinks: Third of 2017

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  25 May 2017, 17:00-18:30
  Black Rose Lounge, Addis Ababa

Business Drinks: Third of 2017

Dear members and partners,

We are pleased to announce the third Business Drinks of 2017 which will be held on Thursday 25th May at Black Rose Lounge, Addis Ababa.

Confirm your attendance using this LINK.

As you all know, AgriProFocus Ethiopia and Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) have been organizing these bi-monthly Business Drinks since 2015. The events have created the opportunity of bringing together and connecting agribusinesses, agricultural development agents, government actors and research institutes. With the interesting one-minute pitches and informal talks and meets, members and partners have gained visibility for their programs and strengthened their respective networks.

Therefore, you are cordially invited to attend the event. In this an hour and half event, starting from late afternoon 5:00 PM, you will have the opportunity:

- To meet new people in your line of business and share ideas and experiences.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 2 May 2017 at 04:42

New policy to reform coffee trade

A document drafted by a group of 20 people representing the public and private sector, and refined by an institution called Economy Success Planning Sector, formed under the Office of the Prime Minister and led by Arkebe Oqubay (PhD), which attempted to figure out how to improve the coffee trade has recommended the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) terminate some process it uses for trading coffee. It also raised concerns about how effective EXC has been in trading coffee. ECX begn operating nine years ago in an attempt to modernize the trading system and coffee was its first commodity. However eventually, exporters and international buyers including the Specialty Coffee Association of America began expressing their disappointment to the former Prime Minster because they were unable to obtain premium products. To address this, specialty trading was introduced at ECX. . . .

Read More at enlba.org

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 25 April 2017 at 01:53

Change of Date: Poultry Platform Meeting

The third Poultry Platform Meeting is changed from 26 to 28 April 2017.

You are warmly invited to the third Poultry Platform meeting to be hold on Friday 28, 2017afternoon start from 12:30 PM in Addis Ababa AZEMMAN hotel. This, the 3rd poultry platform meeting is organized by Ethiopia-Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) Program in cooperation with the Ethiopian Poultry Producers and Processors Association (EPPPA).

The theme of the forthcoming meeting will be:

• Discussion on challenges and importunity of Ethiopian private poultry sector

• Experience sharing with one private poultry farm

Please note that lunch is served before the meeting from 12:30 to 1:30 PM in AZZEMAN Hotel

Please find attached program here.

To confirm your participation and make enquiries , please contact ENTAG poultry sub sector facilitator Dr. Demeke Wondmagegn, by Email poultry@entag.org/ demeke.wonde@gmail.com or telephone

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 25 April 2017 at 01:42

Contract Farming in Ethiopia

· New Book Launched
· An interesting Panel Discussion by major stakeholders
· Video of the Panel Discussion is Available

On 19 April 2017, AgriProFocus organized an exciting event where major stakeholders that have close relation with the topic of contract farming come together to attend an interesting panel discussion and to raise questions to practitioners, researchers and policy makers in Ethiopia.

Book Launch

The event marked the launch of a new book entitled “Contract Farming in Ethiopia: Concept and Practice” – written based on eight case studies by a number of practitioners and well-known consultants. The book is a result of a collaboration between various organizations and agricultural programs, all partners of the AgriProFocus network in Ethiopia. These include Agriterra, C4C, ENTAG, Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia, LANDac, SNV, and CIHEAM Bari (SupHort).

The case studies analyze the contract farming practices i

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Anatole Majyambere Dear Gizaw, when will this interesting book be available online?

2 months 18 hours ago

Gizaw Legesse My dearest Anatole, it will be available very soon, and you will be the first to get it. By the way, it is really interesting!

1 month 4 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 24 April 2017 at 09:03

New Book is Available Now for DOWNLOAD

Agricultural Innovators in Ethiopia: Lessons from the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Innovation Fund

Click HERE or Go to www.agriprofocus.com/fsre-fund

Maula Paramitha Wulandaru What a cool learning document! Thanks Gizaw :)

1 month 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 20 April 2017 at 04:05

FSRE Innovation Fund Closing Event

A book launch & a learning opportunity

Important Presentations of the event are attached below.

On Tuesday 18 April 2017, AgriProFocus, in collaboration with ICCO Cooperation, organized the closing event for the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Innovation Fund at Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa.

FSRE Innovation Fund has been financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia. The Fund has been managed by ICCO Cooperation on behalf of AgriProFocus, which in parallel has organized learning events and conducted coaching visits to the innovation projects as part of a learning trajectory.

74 innovative projects

The morning session of the event was dedicated to the final learning event where innovators of the 74 innovative food security projects attended. The innovators were presented with lessons on topics such as access to finance and future investment strategies. Victor van der Linden presentated on how to access financing opportuni

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 April 2017 at 04:07

In case you missed it, the Business Drinks event was great

AgriProFocus, in partnership with Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG), organized the second Business Drinks of the year on 30th of March 2017 at Black Rose Lounge, Addis Ababa. The Business Drinks have been organized since 2015 for the purpose of bringing together the agribusiness and agricultural development community for an informal interaction and networking.

On this last Thursday’s event 55 members of AgriProFocus as well as people from partner organizations were present. As always it was interesting to see new faces and to hear pitches about new ideas and innovations. We tried to summarize the pitches in the following manner, so that they could reach those who missed the event.

Belaineh Mekonnen is a researcher and founder of MOMALLOT, which is a private soil fertility research organization in Ethiopia. His organization is “working on the impact of the new way of home gardening through self-wa

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 30 March 2017 at 07:45

Call for Application: Geodata for Agriculture and Water

The Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility is a grant programme of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It falls under the policy priority of food security, which focuses on increasing and enhancing sustainable food production as well as achieving more efficient agricultural water use, particularly in irrigated areas and water basins in the G4AW partner countries.

Administrative rules have been published in the Dutch Government Gazette (Staatscourant No. 13493, March 17, 2017)

Budget

The available budget for the G4AW call of 2017-2018 is 19.8 million euro.

Application period

Requests for an advisory opinion can be submitted from 15 April to 15 June 2017.

Applications may be submitted until 15:00 CET on 14 September 2017. If the application is submitted less than two weeks before the deadline of 14 September 2017, the applicant runs the risk that, if it is incomplete, the Minister will not use his or her discretionary powers

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Poultry Platform Meeting

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  28 April 2017, 12:30-17:00
  Addis Ababa

Ethiopia-Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) in cooperation with the Ethiopian Poultry Producers and Processors Association (EPPPA) organizes the second poultry platform meeting on April 26, 2017.

HE Professor Fikadu Beyene, Minister, Ministry of Livestock and Fishery, will attend the event which mainly focuses on the challenges of the poultry sector in Ethiopia.

Relevant stakeholders, as well as members of the poultry platform will participate in the meeting to discuss the current and existing challenges of the sector and the Minister will elaborate on the policy directions priorities.

For more information you can contact:

Dr. Demeke Wondmagegn

+251 (0)91 195 2228

+251 (0)93 986 5714

deme952228@yahoo.com



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Books Launch: Contract Farming & Agricultural Innovators

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  18 April 2017 to 19 April 2017 - All Day Event
  Addis Ababa

Books Launch: Contract Farming & Agricultural Innovators

AgriProFocus will organize a two-day event on April 18-19, 2017.

On April 18 the closing learning agenda for the FSRE Fund winners will be held and all the winners are invited to attend. FSRE Fund was financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands while managed by ICCO on behalf of AgriProFocus. As the day marks also the closing of the four year program, the event will also be attended by invited relevant stakeholders from Government, Dutch Embassy, Private sector, and other development organizations are expected to attend.

Two important books are completed and published, and they will be launched on April 18 and 19, 2017. Officials from the Government and the Embassy of the Netherlands will honor us by attending and officially launching the publication of the books.

“Agricultural Innovators in Ethiopia: Lessons from the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Innovation Fund”

April 18

The main goal of the pu

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 22 March 2017 at 02:01

Taro Flour Innovative Project of Send a Cow wins the 2017 Bond Innovation Award

The project was funded by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Ethiopia via the FSRE Innovation Fund

Bond is the UK membership body for organisations working in international development or supporting those that do through funding, research, training and other services. Annually it awards innovations supporting the empowerment of disadvantaged groups, helping them to become independent and self-reliant and to reach their full potential.

The Taro flour innovation processes taro in to flour to extend shelf life and improve food security of Farmers in Wolayta and neighboring zones of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region mostly face food shortage from the month of March to June. Read a story posted earlier.

Send a Cow Ethiopia received an innovation grant through the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Fund (FSRE Fund), financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia,

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may
25

You are Invited for Business Drinks: Third of 2017

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  25 May 2017, 17:00-18:30
  Black Rose Lounge, Addis Ababa

Business Drinks: Third of 2017

Dear members and partners,

We are pleased to announce the third Business Drinks of 2017 which will be held on Thursday 25th May at Black Rose Lounge, Addis Ababa.

Confirm your attendance using this LINK.

As you all know, AgriProFocus Ethiopia and Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) have been organizing these bi-monthly Business Drinks since 2015. The events have created the opportunity of bringing together and connecting agribusinesses, agricultural development agents, government actors and research institutes. With the interesting one-minute pitches and informal talks and meets, members andpartners have gained visibility for their programs and strengthened their respective networks.

Therefore, you are cordially invited to attend the event. In this an hour and half event, starting from late afternoon 5:00 PM, you will have the opportunity:

- To meet new people in your line of business and share ideas and experiences.

- To promote yourself

... Read more


Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 10 March 2017 at 03:46

Grow Vertical: Appreciating the work of Algae

A vertical farm using used plastic bottles as hydroponics

March 3, 2017 (More Pictures)

Ethiopia’s urban population is more than 19.5%, according to 2015 data. One should even more be concerned about the urbanization rate – 4.89%. In a country with food security the first priority, it should be called being conscious to think of options for the future. And Yihun Seid says, “Urban agriculture is inevitable.”

Vertical Farming + (semi) Hydroponic System

You might recall an Article posted here, on AgriProFocus, about one of our member whom I visited his vertical farm made of bamboo structures. Today, I will introduce you another member who constructed a vertical farm in his compound (around Goro, Addis Ababa) while installing a unique hydroponic system by considering not only food security and economic advantages, but also environmental and social values.

Yihun’s vertical vegetable farm rested on 24m2 land, and has four level vertical platf

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Cibarani Cibarani Jolie rémède aux  manques d'espace des gens de la ville

3 months 2 weeks ago

Yihun Seid First off all I would like to express my gratitude for gizaw and agriprofocus for your concern,your visit to my hydroponic farm and posting what you sow will enevitbly bring partners to impliment my new idea to the intended target.once again thank you Gizaw.yihun seid 0964272152

2 months 4 weeks ago

Fortunatus MLYANDENA Superb

2 months 3 weeks ago

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New Agribusiness Course from ICRA

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  13 November 2017 to 24 November 2017 - All Day Event
  Ibadan, Nigeria

Application is open for NEW AGRIBUSINESS COURSE

Building agribusiness relations for sustainable profit - Learning key skills for inclusive business brokerage

For: Professionals providing agribusiness support services to small-scale farmers, processors and other affiliated enterprises

Date and location: 13 -24 November 2017 in Ibadan, Nigeria

Deadline for Scholarship Application is 22 March 2017

Candidates can apply here and click here for scholarship information.

This course will provide concrete skills that participants may immediately apply in their work. They will:

1. Get practical tips on how to secure a stable flow of income for their business support services.

2. Learn to build trust in order to establish sustainable business relationships between farmers, lenders, input and service providers. .

3. Improve their negotiation skills and gain confidence in drafting contracts, which paves the way for better business deals.

Programme

Week 1: Business skills and concepts

Week 2: Facilitation and b

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